The M-346 advanced jet trainer has resumed test flight operations after it was grounded by Alenia Aermacchi of Italy following an accident of the company-owned, pre-series aircraft on May 11, 2013.
,,The technical investigation allowed Alenia Aermacchi to successfully identify the accident’s causes”, writes the company in a press release. ,,The process has been shared with air force customers, and the required aircraft modifications have been approved by the relevant authority, the Italian Direzione Armamenti Aeronautici.”
WITH VIDEO | Saab T-17 training aircraft of the Flight School of the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) were deployed for a more offensive role in June 2013. They provided close air support (CAS) over several towns of Danish Jutland, reports the press department of the Danish Armed Forces.
Together with Forward Air Controllers on the ground instructor pilots of the Flight School identified ground targets from their T-17s for simulated distruction by high-flying F-16 fighter aircraft. The operations were part of wider exercise AGOEX which the Danes held in June to train joint operations between air and ground assets.
The RDAF (Flyvevåbnets Flyveskolen) at Karup operates 27 Saab T-17s, relatively small single-engine propeller planes mainly used to train future air force pilots. Many countries paint their trainers black or yellow, but the Danish T-17s retain a green camo paint scheme for their secondary ground support role. Of the 27 T-17s four are based at Aalborg and three at Skrydstrup.
T-17 is the Danish designation for the Saab MFI-17 Supporter, a military derivative of the Malmö Flygindustri MFI-15 Safari, which was taken over by Saab. Between 1971 and 1979 a total of 462 of the type were built, including 212 as the MFI-17 Mushshak by Pakistan under license.
The aircraft is said to be easy to fly, has wings strong enough to take a weapons load and has excellent capabilities to serve as a armed scout or counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft.